Discussion and Book Signing with Michael Fallon
Co-sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary and the Allendale Branch Library
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
“Dodgerland is a fascinating study of American culture in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Among the characters marching across the pages are Tom Wolfe, Hugh Hefner, Charles Manson, Jim Bouton, Mayor Tom Bradley, Frank Zappa, and, of course, the men who bled Dodger blue, including imperfect heroes such as Steve Garvey, Don Sutton, Reggie Smith, and Glenn Burke. All came for the American Dream. Not all of them made it.” – Peter Golenbock, author of The Bronx Zoo and Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers
A writer on arts and culture based in Minnesota, Michael Fallon will discuss and sign copies of his newly-published book, Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at the Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena.
The 1977-78 Dodgers came close. Their tough lineup of young and ambitious players squared off with the New York Yankees in consecutive World Series. The Dodgers’ run was a long time in the making after years of struggle and featured many homegrown players who went on to noteworthy or Hall of Fame careers, including Don Sutton, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Steve Yeager. Dodgerland is the story of those memorable teams as Chavez Ravine began to change, baseball was about to enter a new era, and American culture experienced a shift to the “me” era. Part journalism, part social history, and part straight sportswriting, Dodgerland is told through the lives of four men, each representing different aspects of this L.A. story. Tom Lasorda, the vocal manager of the Dodgers, gives an up-close view of the team’s struggles and triumphs; Tom Fallon, a suburban small-business owner, witnesses the Dodgers’ season and the changes to California’s landscape – physical, social, political, and economic; Tom Wolfe, a chronicler of California’s ever-changing culture, views the events of 1977-78 from his Manhattan writer’s loft; and Tom Bradley, Los Angeles’s mayor and the region’s most dominant political figure of that era, gives a glimpse of the wider political, demographic, and economic forces that affected the state at the time. The “Boys in Blue” drew baseball’s focus in those two seasons, but the intertwining narratives tell a larger story about California, late 1970s America, and great promise unrealized.
The discussion/book signing with Michael Fallon is co-sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary and the Allendale Branch Library. The program is supported, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.